We're one of the greenest boroughs in Greater Manchester. 10 of our parks and gardens were given the prestigious Green Flag Award in 2018, meaning they're 10 of the very best parks in the UK.
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In 2019, Rochdale Town Hall and Hollingworth Lake were awarded certificates of excellence from TripAdvisor.
The borough has a population of just over 211,000 people living in an area spanning 62 sq miles. Our population is one if the youngest in Greater Manchester and is becoming increasingly diverse with an estimated 87% from white ethnic groups and 11% of Pakistani, Kashmiri or Bangladeshi origin.
Rochdale was an important engine house of the industrial revolution and where the worldwide Co-operative movement began.
Rochdale has a fast link to central Manchester with direct trains from Rochdale taking less than 20 minutes.
We also have a Metrolink tram line that connects us to Oldham and Manchester. The Rochdale town centre tram stop sits alongside the state-of-the-art transport interchange where buses connect our residents to neighbouring areas.
We're within easy commuting distance of many places across the UK too, via the M60, M62 and M66.
As well as close proximity to Manchester and its attractions, the borough boasts a host of entertainment venues including
Middleton Arena and
Gracie Fields Theatre.
Rochdale also delivers a range of annual festivals throughout the year, so you'll never run out of things to do. From food festivals to music and markets, you're sure to find a variety of activities to get stuck into in.
Increasing numbers of businesses are choosing to locate in the borough and huge numbers of stylish new homes have been built to accommodate the people who are moving here with more under construction.
Our new Rochdale Riverside leisure and retail complex, opening summer 2020, includes a 6-screen cinema, quality restaurants and big name stores like Marks & Spencer and Next. It sits alongside a modern transport system and state-of-the-art offices.
Rochdale's magnificent grade I listed Victorian gothic town hall is renowned worldwide for its unique architecture.
As one of the finest buildings of its kind, Rochdale Town Hall, designed by William Henry Crossland, and its landscaped gardens are a popular location for television filming, weddings, conferences, meetings and corporate events.
Outside, a statue to mark Rochdale's singing heroine Dame Gracie Fields stands proud along with a Gracie blue plaque heritage trail.
The blue plaque sits in honour of the performer who rose from humble roots to become the highest paid actress in the world.
The multi award-winning, modern and stylish council offices and library building, Number One Riverside, has been named the Best Corporate Workplace in the UK.
With a focus on people, passion and pride, you'll be working in a dynamic and flexible environment. We'll give you the opportunities to develop your career and make a positive difference to people's lives.
We signed the Armed Forces Community Covenant in 2012. We've since been nationally recognised by the Ministry of Defence, Royal British Legion and others for introducing pioneering changes to support armed forces personnel and their families back into civilian life.
Like other authorities and publicly funded organisations, we're dealing with significant challenges and having to make substantial savings.
Despite these pressures, we're making good progress on our programme of change and redefining Rochdale with ambitious people-centred regeneration.
Kingsway Business Park is one of the most active regeneration projects in the UK. Major deals have resulted in millions of square feet of business property being taken up across the borough.
Located between Manchester and the beautiful moorland of the southern Pennines, Rochdale borough offers the best of urban and rural life.
Rochdale offers the best of urban and rural life. This video highlights some of the benefits of working in the borough.
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People who are determined to make a real positive change to the borough of Rochdale.
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